Hello all! Just popping by to say “hi” and get some opinions!
If you know me, hang around me, have seen my subscriptions—you know I’m obsessed with magazines. Not just cooking, but others as well. I suppose it comes as no surprise that I want to work for a magazine one day too? But that’s besides the point. Anyways, I was flipping through the December issue of Real Simple (great gift ideas in there!) and I came across an article talking about the fading fashion of writing good, old-fashioned Christmas cards, and that it’s a waste of time. I immediately thought of the author as being described in 2 words—“Bah Humbug!” But in the end, she concluded that writing a meaningful card is worthwhile, which I totally agree. Here’s a little piece of the article in the author’s words…
Q: In a world with constant Facebook updates, isn’t the ritual of sending holiday cards obsolete?
A: Not to sound Scroogey, but let’s be objective about the situation. Once you buy cards, sign them, address the envelopes, affix 44-cent stamps, and trudge to the post office with your stack, you will have spent $100 or more to mail the same photo of your children and dog that everyone saw months ago when you uploaded it to an online album called “Summer Vacation 2010.” Given the bad economy, this money might be better spent on presents, helping you stay within your gift-buying budget (imagine that). Or you could donate the sum to charity. Or you could go crazy and treat yourself to, say, a new pair of boots.
You can read the rest of the article here.
I was actually kind of surprised at the author’s response, being that she is in an older generation and they didn’t grow up with social media and the internet like my generation, and that being said, I still have completely opposite views on this subject. I am all about sending good old-fashioned snail mail. I love getting it, and I know other people do too! Plus some of my relatives don’t have Facebook or even the internet for that matter, so I will always find charm in writing a Christmas card/letter. And yes, I do leave room in my holiday budget for the measly $0.44 cent stamp, even if that means forgoing my usual peppermint latte.
VERDICT: I will never cut writing Christmas cards/letters out of my holiday agenda!
Where do you stand on this issue? Are you all for snail-mail or do you opt out and why?
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Christmas Cookie Countdown—week 11!